Okay there really is no reason why I haven't updated as I can't use the excuse that nothing exciting has been going on in over a year.
So a quick update of everything.
I've finally graduated from Uni which is both a blessing (no more late nighters trying to write an essay for 9:00 the next morning) and a curse (the real world that exists outside of studentville). The most stressful period of the last year or so has to have been when I was writing my dissertation. I really thought that I was going to have a break down I was so stressed. But all the hard work paid off and I managed to graduate which is good.
Other news I statred my career as and ESL teacher having done my CELTA is an intesnsive course of 4 weeks over the summer and now I am...drum roll.... in China.
My first teaching post in in Northern China, Shanxi to be specific. So far so good though I have to say there are so many things I have taken for granted. For example being able to speak basic sentences in the native language...I still cannot count to ten which is realy frustrating. What makes it extra annoying is that I know if I was teaching in Japan I'd be whipping out the phrases like nobodies business due to watching all that anime and those dramas. Even if I was in South Korea I think I would be able to string a few more sentences together again due to watching dramas and listening to K-pop whihc I've been doing for over 5 years now, finally somthing has stuck.
I think what makes Chinese so difficult for me is the tones, so many words sound the same to me and pronunciation is really hard. IT doesn't help that when I'm trying to teach lessons I use what I think is a universal example e.g. Twilight only to realise that China really is cut off from the rest of the world in many ways and doesn't have access to the same films of television series that most other countries do. I think my studnets think I'm a bit thick....sigh.
I will attempt to update slightly more regularly and be more active in the communities that I'm a memeber of etc. To be honest I've got plenty of time I'm not teaching all the time, I have no social life due to the language barrier and all I'm doing in my free time is reading, attempting to learn chinese and watch tv series.
Update soon. :)